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  • Posted April 3, 2010

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    Excellent resource for ASA management

    The sheer weight of this book intimidates you right out of the box! However, once you open it up and start reading, you realize that you have an excellent reference for the Cisco ASA product. From the beginning where the book introduces you to the overall solution to where it spends a chapter on each of the components mentioned in the title (even better- some have much more in-depth coverage) to the end where an entire section is dedicated to configuring the Virtual Private Networks, this book provides the necessary information to securely set up and use this important appliance.

    I liked many aspects of this book, but when I initially cracked it open and saw the product overview alone, I knew that this was the type of book that I needed if I wanted to maintain this type of solution. Why? Well, this particular section walked you through the different models of the ASA product line, complete with pictures of each and diagrams of where and what all the different features are. This is the type of information that you don't need every day, but when you need it you typically end up scrounging for it on the web, taking considerable time and effort away from your troubleshooting efforts.

    The rest of the book is equally detailed, providing the step by step information that you need to set up the important features of this product. Throughout the sections that explain the features, you find notes about default settings and other limitations that the feature may encounter. Architecture diagrams and screen shots also help the reader to understand what they are actually doing rather than just barking out orders and having the setup be dictated.

    Lastly, to clear up one mystery that puzzled me from the start: Anti-X isn't a new fangled threat that we need to worry about. It appears that description covers the anti-spam, anti-virus and anti-spyware configurations of the features that the box provides.

    If you have an ASA appliance, then this book will be invaluable in your support of this device.

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  • Posted March 1, 2010

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    Excellent Resource for Cisco ASA admins and for CCIE Security Candidates

    This book is written by Omar Santos and Jazib Frahim and both of them are leading Security engineers from Cisco Systems. Hence you are in extremely capable hands and the book is worth every penny. Having said that, the book is huge (over 1000 pages) and it may not be feasible to read it cover to cover but it is filled with excellent information. It is comprised of 20 chapters emphasizing five key technology areas including Cisco ASA product overview and firewall portfolio, Firewall technology, IPS, Content Security (URL Filtering, Anti-X etc) and VPNs.

    The book is filled with configuration examples for both CLI and ASDM GUI. It covers ASA 8.2 code and hence the content is extremely current, fresh and relevant. The book explains firewall theory, implementation, tuning and troubleshooting in great detail, making it an excellent resource for Cisco ASA administrators and CCIE Security candidates as the lab test ASA firewall in great detail.

    I bought this book to learn more about firewall visualization and transparent firewalls. The book spends over 100 pages on these two technologies and cover them with great detail. Visualization is configured step by step using both CLI and ASDM and then important troubleshooting commands are also covered. Transparent firewalls are clearly explained with detailed configuration examples. Also the chapter contains a table showing readers how routed mode firewalls differ from transparent firewalls and what features are not supported when ASA is running in transparent mode.

    Only minor complaint I have is the book should dedicate one more chapter for a detailed case study and showcase all technologies like Site to Site VPNs, Remote Access VPNs, SSL VPNs, IPS, AntiX, Transparent Firewalls and Virtual Firewalls at the same time by showing a enterprise network with one head office and two branch offices. This will help readers to see all technologies in action at the same time and further clarify things.

    Overall I am extremely satisfied with this product and strongly endorse it for CCIE Security candidates and Cisco ASA administrators as their one stop resource for Cisco ASA firewalls.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

    Great book!

    When I bought this book I thought that it was too big. However, it is just perfect! It already helped me resolve several issues in my ASA configuration and my overall network implementation.

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